Other education programs and resources
Scouting programs | Junior Forester program | Speakers | Additional educational resources
- Forestry Merit Badge Workshop
- The Forestry merit badge workshop will be held at Harbison State Forest on May 20, 2023. Please register at the Indian Waters Council webpage then complete the Forestry Merit Badge Pre-visit Requirements Worksheet (pdf)
- Eagle Scout projects and other service projects
- Girl Scout Cadette “Naturalist” Tree Badge Workshop
- Tree Badge Workshop and Earth Day Celebration will take place at the Cathy Novinger Girl Scout Leadership Center on April 22, 2023 from 9 AM – 3:30 PM. After the tree workshop, girls will participate in rock climbing, friendship building activities and an art project.
- Please register on the Girl Scouts of South Carolina Mountains to Midlands event page.
- Gold Award projects and other service projects
- Webelos-Arrow of Light Elective Adventure: “Into the Woods”
- Webelos Forester activity badge
- Service Projects
For more information, contact SCFC Environmental Education Coordinator Matt Schnabel at email@example.com or (803) 896-8892.
Junior Forester program
Looking for something fun AND educational to do with your kids while at Harbison State Forest? Consider participating in SC Forestry Commission’s Junior Forester program.
Families can visit the state forest’s Environmental Education Center to check out a backpack loaded with nature investigation supplies. They’ll also receive a grade level appropriate activity book (K-2 or 3-5) containing hands-on learning experiences that the children will complete while taking a self-guided hike in the forest. Upon completion, each child will receive a prize! The Junior Forester program is FREE of charge and available from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are encouraged. Due to limited staffing, this program is not available on weekends.
Please contact SCFC Assistant Environmental Education Coordinator Beth Foley at firstname.lastname@example.org or (803) 896-8855 to make a reservation or to ask questions about the program.
Geocaching at Harbison State Forest
In recognition of the South Carolina Forestry Commission’s 90th anniversary, Harbison State Forest created a geocaching course in 2017. Geocaching is a great family-friendly activity for all ages to get outside and explore our beautiful forests. The purpose of this course is to educate the public about the South Carolina Forestry Commission (SCFC) and the importance of forestry in our state. Join us in celebrating nearly a century of forest protection, management and development for the citizens of South Carolina.
The course follows the established 0.7 mile “Learning Trail” and 0.5 mile “Discovery Trail” which both start at the Education Center – 5600 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29212. The terrain difficulty level is rated as “easy” on these hike-only trails. Harbison State Forest is also dog-friendly, but please remember to keep your pets on a leash! There is a $5 daily parking fee for Harbison State Forest and a fee box can be found at the Education Center.
There are seven individual geocaches hidden along these trails, which can be found in 50-cal ammo cans. Each cache contains a log book and information regarding the divisions and duties within the South Carolina Forestry Commission. There is an accompanying set of seven questions (1 for each cache) that can be completed and turned into the Education Center. If you answer all seven questions correctly, you will receive a SCFC coin!
To get started, please check out the instructions page. The answer sheet can be printed at home or picked up from the Education Center. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Beth Foley at BFoley@scfc.gov or 803-896-8855.
Do you need forestry-related speakers for classroom visits, programs, clubs and group meetings? Call the office for your county to speak with someone.
Educational programs are also available at three State Forests:
Harbison State Forest: (803) 896-8890
Sand Hills State Forest : (843) 498-6478
Manchester State Forest: (803) 494-8196
Educational resources for schools and the public
A Tree’s Dream
Teach your students about ways we are conserving Earth’s natural resources and protecting the environment through the “A Tree’s Dream” video and accompanying lessons. Follow the dream of Tim the tree as he fulfills his dream of becoming part of a family’s home.
Forest Trees of South Carolina
Tree Identification Book for South Carolina. Soft-bound copies of the book may be purchased directly from the SC Forestry Commission for $20 ($15 if you pick up in person). CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR COPY/COPIES TODAY!
Learn some common forestry tools.
This website contains information about forestry careers, training opportunities, and many other resources for educators. Forestry Works educates students, parents, and teachers about careers and job opportunities in the forest industry, and provides interested students with resources to help them along their career path.
People of Forestry: Discover Careers in the Forest
This activity book has fun activities that teach children about the environmental, social, and economic benefits of our forests as well as careers in forestry and tree care.
US Forest Service Learning Portal
Educational resources for kids, parents, teachers and natural resource professionals.
SC Forestry Commission YouTube channel
Forest Fast Break videos
Short, animated, fun videos that teach about natural resource topics
- Ecosystems (mp4)
- Forest Fire (mp4)
- Reforestation (mp4)
- Sustainability (mp4)
- Wood Products (mp4)
Southern Group of State Foresters
This YouTube channel contains videos on topics from careers, to environmental protection, to forest management, and many more.
For more information, contact Matt Schnabel, Environmental Education Coordinator, at (803) 896-8892 or Harbison Environmental Education Forest at (803) 896-8890.